Stretching and flexibility are key factors to any fitness plan. Flexibility helps to promote healthy muscles and joints, and it can improve your range of motion giving you a better quality of life. It will assist in making everyday activities such as lifting, turning, and bending easier to achieve without discomfort.
Calf stretch equipment includes such tools as the bar stretcher, which is used by stepping onto a horizontal bar and moving up onto toes, and then back down onto feet, thereby stretching the calf muscles. There is also a curved stretcher model. This is a semi-circle with a strap on top to place over the shoe. Curved stretches are used for gaining an extended range of motion. Another type of calf stretch equipment that is available is the angled stretcher. This is a very simple device being an angled platform that assists in stretching by standing on the platform and slowly raising and lowering the body.
Inversion therapy is also a common form of flexibility training. This is a very common therapy used in back pain caused by herniated or degenerative discs using an inversion table which assists with spinal decompression. This therapy has been shown to be particularly useful in reducing the pain associated with new back injuries. Inversion tables can also help to relieve headaches, increase flexibility, and improve circulation.
Stretch out straps are an ideal tool for those who may not have a partner to assist with stretching to increase flexibility. There are multiple loops that are used to provide deep stretching that can be gradually increased, and can be used on a large number of major muscle groups.
There is also a number of other pieces of equipment that are used to test and increase flexibility. The Flex Tester is a sit and reach device that is generally used to measure hamstring flexibility. There is also a product known as the True Stretch. The True Stretch is a self-contained area used for stretching in order to increase flexibility, and it can be used to stretch ultimately any area of the body.
All flexibility training can be beneficial to maintain range of motion required for basic daily activities, particularly in older adults. It can also assist to protect muscles, tendons and joints from strains and tearing. Flexibility is also linked to bone health, and can aid in the prevention of osteoporosis and bone fractures. Flexibility exercises promote the efficiency of oxygen use in muscles, can improve immune function, and may possibly decrease the risk of early onset in some chronic diseases such as arthritis.